Red is a color that can imply love, happiness, passion.  But then can also suggest anger or be considered aggressive. Red is a color that can be added to room as an accent and it will draw attention to other things you may not have noticed. It can take a room from being drab to fabulous, if done in the right hue and not overdone so it is all you see in the room.

many shades of red

Many homeowners like to use red on walls. Red is a very agressive color and personal taste. Red can make a room feel more intimate, but the buyer coming to view the house will either love or hate, you have a 50/50 chance of pleasing them, consider carefully when when choosing red. By pairing the red with neutral colors it becomes quite striking.

red hall

Red is a color that needs to be well thought out and the shade of red needs to be considered.  Bluish reds can be festive and look nice in dining and living rooms. The more orange a red is the more vibrant, so those are good to keep out of room you want to feel more tranquil like a bedroom.

romantic bedrroom

I find that using red as an accent vs. a wall color can help define a space without overwhelming it. I had a client that was adverse to using color at all in her black and gray family room. I could understand what she was hoping to achieve, but unfortunately it was coming off too drab. I took one of her favorite pictures in the room which happened to have red and orange accents and created a new look that made the room feel warmer and not as impersonal. The added accessories gave the room warmth and cohesionEnough to make the eye travel through the room, but not too much so that all you saw was the color red!

light coming in

Make sure if you are going to paint red on walls, get a tinted primer preferably green or gray, if not, your red will change to a brighter shade and less desirable results. Make sure you use high quality paint so you get the true red you are after.

Using red can really add drama to any room, if you are feeling brave give it a try…you will be pleasantly surprised. Share your spaces that you have used red and love it!

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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